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Threat Intelligence!!

Almost everything we own is connected to the internet, it’s time to take another look at cybersecurity. The nature of cybersecurity threats has changed since the early years of the web: cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated and less obvious. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, in 2018, 74% of data breaches were caused by phishing attacks or fraudulent emails intended to get people to share sensitive information. And 83% of InfoSec professionals—the best of the best when it comes to cybersecurity—were victims of phishing attacks.

In general, threat intelligence refers to the information used by an organization to better understand past, current, and future threats. It provides the context necessary to make informed decisions about your network security, especially after an attack has occurred. Who is attacking you and why? How much damage could they do in your system? Where are your system vulnerabilities? The answers to these questions are essentially the building blocks to a disaster readiness plan.

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In case my computer is infected, I will see it for sure!!

Don’t be so sure about that…………………

Yes, it used to be true, but it’s not anymore. In the past, when computers started to run slow and get annoying pop-ups all over the screen, it was a sure sign of infection.

Nowadays, cyber criminals radically improved their methods. They are more efficient and know how to disguise their attacks.

Malware is built to be undetectable and untraceable even by antivirus software, in order to retrieve the sensitive information needed by cyber criminals. It may be months before you even notice there’s something wrong!

Here’s what you can do: 

  1. install a good antivirus product and keep it updated
  2. Install a security program against  data stealing malware 
  3. Have a professional threat monitoring of your network and computers
  4. and have a Ransomware free backup!!

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Protect your data from insider threats

When it comes to protecting your Data and Network assets, Organizations continue to spend an exceptional amount of time and money to secure from external attacks; however, insider threats are becoming a key cause of data exposure. Based on survey from Small Businesses security experts have found that insider incidents account for more than 60 percent of all data breaches; however, many organizations don’t report insider attacks out of fear of business loss and damage to their reputation.  

Insider threats come in two forms. An authorized insider threat is someone who misuse their rights and privileges, either accidentally, deliberately or his credentials were stolen. An unauthorized insider is someone who has connected to the network behind the perimeter defenses. This could be someone who plugged into a jack in the lobby or a conference room, or someone who is using an unprotected wireless network connected to the internal network. Insider attacks can lead to data loss or downtime, so it is as important to monitor activity in your network as activity at the perimeter.  To have effective Network Security strategy, first, identify the main threats that your company currently faces. 

Historically, the data breaches that make the news are typically carried out by outsiders. Outsider threats are generally the threats that have been addressed with traditional security measures. It’s the threats that originate from inside that are much more difficult to prevent and detect using one-size-fits-all security measures.

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Protect your business from Cyber Extortion

Phishing, social engineering and web-based attacks top the list of cybersecurity threats specifically targeting SMBs. These threats are largely facilitated by:

  • Un-monitored and unsecured endpoint devices, especially laptops, mobile devices and IoT technology in a “bring your own device” workplace
  • Weak passwords for user accounts
  • Sharing information with third parties without a comprehensive data inventory
  • Negligent employee and contractor behavior

Fortunately, you can mitigate the risks and vulnerabilities to your enterprise by implementing a strong security plan for small business infrastructure.

To carry out your own plan, first, identify the main cybersecurity threats that your company currently faces. ITRemedy is committed to help Small Businesses quantify and prioritize the threat landscape and create a sustainable cyber security strategy.

 

 

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Cyber security – a very real risk for businesses today

Cyber security is a very real risk for businesses today, as we rely on technology more and move a lot of our information online. Small businesses are at risk from cyber criminals, who target them because their systems are probably easy to attack.

Unfortunately, many smaller companies do not invest time or money into protecting their systems and data. When you are busy and you are responsible for staff and the day to day business activities, it is hard to add something else to your priority list. 

In Texas, a law enacted at the beginning of 2020 requiring Texas businesses to disclose data breaches to individuals no later than 60 days after the breach. HB 3834 requires state and local government employees and state contractors to complete cybersecurity training. This shows how serious the threat is for TX based businesses and Governments.

Before you start putting your plan together, it is worth taking time to assess where you are now…

ITRemedy is committed to help Small Businesses quantify and prioritize the threat landscape and create a sustainable cyber security strategy.

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IMAGINE IF THE WERE NO CLOUD!

Covid-19 has caused a global crisis that is tearing through a world more interconnected by technology than ever before.
But compared to previous outbreaks of disease – even those as recent as SARS, MERS and Ebola – technology also provides leaders and their countries with new tools to respond effectively.
Organizations, from shops and restaurants to fitness studios and museums, are adapting their businesses and migrating to the internet to stay active.
Get in touch to discuss how your business can leverage technology to stay efficient!!

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Common Sense Cybersecurity Measures People Ignore

It is difficult to remember what it was like before the Internet became such an integrated part of our daily lives. However, as our digital world expands, the value of the data we store and share online increases. The creation of this cyber economy has produced a new breed of criminals who profit from stealing  identities and confidential information. As such, we need to take proactive steps and put measures in place to protect ourselves from these growing cyber threats.

Our ability to interact and transact online has fundamentally changed the way we conduct business and interact with the rest of society. However, as we use common sense to protect ourselves in the real world, there are a few commonsense cybersecurity rules we can utilize to protect our data and identities in the digital realm. Too many people choose to ignore cyber security until it is too late.

So, with ransomware attacks more rampant than ever, there are several methods people can use to avoid getting caught out. It is important for people and organizations to stay informed on emerging threats and techniques. ITRemedy is committed to help Small Businesses quantify and prioritize the threat landscape and create a sustainable cyber security strategy.

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Backup Strategy!

There are a lot of ways that data can be lost. Accidents happen, computers are damaged, employees turn over, and natural disasters often occur with little warning. Ransomware is continually in the news, with new strains entering businesses in clever new ways to encrypt and demand ransom for the hijacked files. It’s understandable that data backup planning is put off in businesses already stretched thin, but the modest amount of time needed to adopt an effective backup plan is tiny compared to the weeks and months needed to recover from a serious loss. A data backup plan has to be part of the standard operating procedures for not just enterprises, but businesses of any size.

If you don’t have a data backup plan, or would like to review your current strategies for safeguarding your data, here’s some help to get you started.

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Are You Protected?

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a sophisticated piece of malware that blocks the victim’s access to his/her files, and the only way to regain access to the files is to pay a ransom.

Phishing is a cyber-attack where the malicious hacker sends a fake email with a link or attachment to trick the receiving user into clicking them. In most cases, either the link launches a malware infection, or the attachment itself is a malware file.

City of Knoxville just got ransomed locking their computer network disrupting multiple city services. According to experts’ network was attacked via phishing email.

Stay safe and DON’T FORGET that the best protection is always a RELIABLE BACKUP..

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How to Leverage Your Infrastructure During and After COVID-19

When supporting their employees in the shift to remote work, IT departments need to leverage their existing infrastructure to scale bandwidth and data usage. Investments toward augmenting IT infrastructure may also be necessary to prepare not only for the transition to remote work, but also to sustain their remote workforce in the coming years.

 

A cost-effective solution is to use a fully cloud-based environment. Microsoft offers an endpoint management system in which a single console can be used to make sure all apps and devices are secure, particularly in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios. Collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Office 365 provide access to data sharing and productivity apps across multiple devices.

However, as the number of remote workers increases dramatically, networks begin running into scaling issues as bandwidth and VPN access are finite resources. To meet these challenges, software-defined networking opens up new capabilities while reducing costs. But as we scale remote access, we must also scale authentication.

To ensure top-notch security with cloud solutions among a remote workforce, IAM with proven multi-factor authentication (MFA) methods should be used to manage identity and network access and to ensure all devices on the network are secure. Some companies may not have enough laptops to equip all remote employees, so some workers use their own personal computers, USB devices, web mail, or WiFi at coffee shops to access the company’s network—leading to increased security and legal risks.

Intelligent security needs to be designed with the concept of “zero trust.” Rather than perimeter-based security models with firewalls, “organizations need a new security model that more effectively adapts to the complexity of the modern environment, embraces the mobile workforce, and protects people, devices, applications, and data wherever they are located. 

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